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Charity in danger of closing.

A MERSEYSIDE charity which counsels the ill or depressed may close if more funding is not found.

Last year Compass provided almost 3,500 hours of counselling through its small team of paid workers and 70 volunteers, with core funding from the National Lottery.

But this runs out in June,and the charity, which helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, bereavement, illness or stress, has two months to find a new source of cash or face closure.

It has already made one worker redundant and two posts have become part- time in a bid to save money.

Assistant director Angela Ross said: ``Compass provides a vital service.It's the only provider of free long-term counselling in Merseyside and fills a significant gap in local mental health services.

``We only ask clients for voluntary contributions, so we require financial support to sustain the service.

``We'vehelped many people in many ways,it would be such a waste if there were people out there who could have helped our charity if only they had known the seriousness of the situation.''

If anyone can offer financial help they should call Angela on 0151 708 6688.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 16, 2004
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